In the pink of health

At a time when junk food is monopolising the markets and is affecting everyone’s life, the risk is making the healthy choice because most often we end up choosing an unhealthy meal over a balanced, home-cooked meal. 

Actress Priyanka Upendra believes prevention is better than cure. “I prefer to give my kids home-cooked food as much as possible and if we are travelling, I make sure to carry food from home. I’m very strict when it comes to them eating outside. They are children, so maybe once in a month they get to go out and eat. I feel that now if they make the right decision, their foundation will last for long.”

The mother-of-two went on to say, “We hear about new-born babies with deadly diseases which were unheard of a few years back. The culture of eating junk food has crept in and because parents don’t get enough time to spend with their children, in due course, the kids end up eating food sold outside. The time of sitting down and having a meal at home is fading away; the mall culture is spoiling us.”

She believes that eating any food in moderation is the only way to have a good life. “I always ensure that we, as a family, have a big breakfast, a medium lunch and a very light dinner.”

 As Indians we love our spices, oil and ghee but we should use them moderately or else it might lead to heart diseases and cholesterol. “It’s scary to hear that youngsters in their 30s and late 20s get heartaches simply because they are eating junk food and don’t exercise.”

 The fans are her priority and she has words of wisdom for them. “People should take care of their health since health is wealth. These days, all kinds of diseases are on the rise because of our lifestyle. Taking care of ourselves, both physically and mentally, is necessary. Yoga or other forms of exercises ensure we have good health.”

“Exercises don’t mean you have to go to the gym and workout; it depends on what suits you. I don’t go to the gym. I keep myself active by walking up and down the stairs, running, walking the dogs and doing a bit of yoga in the morning.” The energetic mother keeps her schedule busy and enjoys life. “The main thing is to keep oneself happy by eating slowly and enjoying your food.”

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